Robert Henry Coppinger

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Rear-Admiral (retired) Robert Henry Coppinger, C.B.E. (5 March, 1877 – ) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

Coppinger was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 15 May, 1898.[1]

After a series of appointments in the North American, Channel and Home squadrons, he was appointed to Marathon on 2 June, 1898, which was then assigned to the East Indies Station. On 11 May, 1900, he was ordered home to qualify for gunnery duties.[2]

Coppinger commanded Avon in the Annual Manoeuvres of 1901. This was followed by a series of additional course in gunnery and some staff assignments for gunnery instruction. He had his opportunities to apply this training with two years as gunnery officer in Royal Sovereign from June, 1903 and then in Mars, New Zealand, Hermione and Liverpool.[3]

Coppinger was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1910[4] and discharged from Liverpool on 12 January of the new year.[5]

He was appointed to Formidable on 21 February, 1911 but was relieved in her on 2 January of 1912 following an unsatisfactory report. After three months in command of the destroyer Violet, he was appointed in command of Dido on 23 August. In February, 1913, she collided with the armoured cruiser Berwick, and Their Lordships expressed their "severe displeasure" with Coppinger for an error in judgment.[6]

Coppinger was appointed in command of the destroyer Flirt on 15 April, 1913.[7]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Crane on 2 February, 1914.[8]

Great War

Coppinger was promoted to the rank of Captain on 30 June, 1916.[9]

He was appointed in command of the battleship Dreadnought on 25 February, 1919.[10]

Coppinger was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 16 July, 1922. He was thanked for offering his services in 1939 for World War II.[11]

See Also

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
John W. E. Townsend
Captain of H.M.S. Avon
16 Jul, 1901[12]
Succeeded by
Bernard J. H. Ward
Preceded by
Rafe G. Rowley-Conwy
Captain of H.M.S. Violet
1 May, 1912[13] – 23 Aug, 1912[14]
Succeeded by
Ronald E. Chilcott
Preceded by
Berwick Curtis
Captain of H.M.S. Dido
23 Aug, 1912[15] – 8 Apr, 1913[16]
Succeeded by
Frederic A. Whitehead
Preceded by
Stuart E. Holder
Captain of H.M.S. Flirt
15 Apr, 1913[17][18] – 2 Feb, 1914[19]
Succeeded by
Hubert S. Braddyll
Preceded by
Hubert S. Braddyll
Captain of H.M.S. Crane
2 Feb, 1914[20][21] – 15 Jun, 1915[22]
Succeeded by
Arthur K. Gibson
Preceded by
Thomas K. Maxwell
Captain of H.M.S. Crusader
15 Jun, 1915[23] – Aug, 1915[24]
Succeeded by
Thomas C. H. Williams
Preceded by
Gerald C. Harrison
Captain of H.M.S. Swift
5 Aug, 1915[25] – 3 Jul, 1916[26]
Succeeded by
Ambrose M. Peck
Preceded by
Charles W. Bruton
Captain of H.M.S. Orcoma
6 Jul, 1916[27][28] – 10 Jan, 1919[29]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
Maurice S. FitzMaurice
Captain of H.M.S. Dreadnought
25 Feb, 1919[30] – 31 Mar, 1920[31]
Succeeded by
?

Footnotes

  1. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  2. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  3. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  4. The Navy List. (March, 1913). p. 17.
  5. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  6. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  7. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 313-5.
  8. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 299.
  9. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  10. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  11. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  12. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  13. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  14. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  15. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  16. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  17. The Navy List. (July, 1913). p. 313-5.
  18. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  19. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  20. The Navy List. (January, 1915). p. 299.
  21. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  22. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  23. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  24. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  25. The Navy List. (October, 1915). p. 398m.
  26. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  27. The Navy List. (January, 1919). p. 1001.
  28. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  29. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  30. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.
  31. Coppinger Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/44. f. 313.